On June 19, 2019, the Cosumnes Community Services District (District) Board conducted two public hearings to tabulate votes for two proposed overlay assessments within Benefit Zone 3 - Elk Grove/West Vineyard, Camden Estates & Camden Pointe Improvement District and Perry Ranch Improvement District.
In each case more than 50 percent of the weighted votes favored the special benefit assessments, and as a result the Board adopted two resolutions to begin the process of restoring landscape maintenance services in these respective neighborhoods.
This summer, CSD staff will host a series of neighborhood outreach meetings throughout Benefit Zone 3. At each meeting, staff will share more about how landscape maintenance is funded, the status of funding in the area, and what residents can do to help improve their neighborhood parks, trails and streetscapes.
The dates are as follows:
There are 10 parks in Benefit Zone 3, in addition to streetscapes and trails. Low assessment rates Opens a New Window. were established in these two benefit zones about 20 years ago and have not been increased since 1997, except for adjustments tied to the CPI (0.50–2.5 percent in past five years).
Today, there is a gap between maintenance costs and assessment revenues because water rates and service costs have increased faster than these CPI inflation adjustments.
Funding challenges in Benefit Zone 3 are not new. In 2009, property owners in both zones were given an opportunity to approve higher assessments to offset funding shortages for maintaining parks and other facilities. They overwhelming rejected the proposed assessment increase.
In November 2017, CSD conducted a survey among all property owners in Benefit Zone 3 to determine whether they would support an assessment increase. The survey results were well below the minimum threshold needed for approval. As a result, CSD decided to not proceed with a vote-by-mail procedure pursuant to Prop 218.
The following reductions have been incorporated as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020 L&L Budget in order to minimize the amount of Capital Reserve funding being used for routine maintenance.
Many of the expenses associated with Benefit Zone 3 are hard costs, or safety-related, and cannot be reduced. The reduction of the above items will save Benefit Zone 3 approximately $48,000, reducing the gap between expenditures and revenues. Capital Reserves are being used again in FY 2019-2020 to cover the cost of essential maintenance.
Some of the reductions from last fiscal year were reversed because Rau Community Park has been designated as a District Wide park, meaning costs associated with the park are now shared by all Benefit Zones. This change has reduced the overall expenses in Benefit Zone 3. If additional revenues are not identified, further service reductions will be needed for FY 2020-2021.
Listed below are the 2019-200 fiscal year projects staff anticipate completing. Projects are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen budgetary changes.
Note: The Elk Grove West Vineyard Benefit Zone has $529,000 of unfunded Park Maintenance Management Plan Projects identified, and two unbuilt park sites. Due to limited operational funding and lack of Capital Reserves in this Benefit Zone, only projects related to health will be completed until funding additional is identified. This does not apply to the three overlay assessments identified above.